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Categories give you a way to find pages on the wiki. If you're interested in how we go from feature requests to features being implemented in Audacity then Category:Feature Planning should list the relevant pages. Some categories are wide, like Category:For Developers. Others are narrower and have fewer pages, like Category:For Blind Users. The largest categories generally contain smaller categories too. Category:For Blind Users is a sub category of Category:For Users. If you didn't know it existed, you'd find it on visiting the larger category page.

Category links appear at the bottom of most pages.

Remember that this is a wiki and in a constant state of flux. Don't expect the organisation to be perfectly hierarchical and perfectly logical. Particularly in larger categories you may need to drill down into the subcategories to see the less 'high profile' pages.

  • Category:Category gives a list of categories on this wiki as well as some general tips on searching. That makes sense because it is the top level category, and people may end up there when they are lost.
  • You can get a comprehensive list of all categories from Special:Categories. This list has the advantage that as well as naming the categories it shows the number of articles in each category too.

Category Intros

Each category page should have a brief introduction. At this current moment some of those intros are as follows:


This category contains online resources for users to meet each other, read our developer news or contact our Team.
  • These pages are more about the social, organizational and psychological side of Audacity and only indirectly about technology.

Google Summer of Code

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The information on this page are likely out-of-date and will not be updated in the forseeable future. It may be removed at any time.
Google Summer of Code  (GSoC) is Google's program for promoting Open Source Software development. Audacity was a mentoring organization for five students for Google Summer of Code 2008, and mentored two students in 2009.

Ideas for GSoC projects, 2021:


This category contains foreign language material about Audacity. It is also for pages about how the Audacity program, documentation and web sites are translated, and about how this process can be extended and improved.

Feature Planning

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This category is for pages about ideas for future changes to Audacity.
These pages include our current Roadmap and ideas for Google Summer of Code projects.
This is how we get from ideas to new releases of Audacity
Feature Requests   -->   Proposals   -->   Projects   -->   Releases
Feature Votes Category Status
Improvements to the "Macros" (batch processing) feature - many high-rated requests, total as shown 224 Automation Done.png Some enhancements (Automation Project) ToDo.png Many more possibilities.
Real-time effects 166 Effects Done.png Basics (Effect-Preview button). ToDo.png Full feature.
Multi-channel playback 84 Playback Enhancements
PDF version of Manual 82 Interface Modifications Done.png Draft Experimental PDF for 2.2.0 available. Offers of help to improve on this are welcome!
Synchronize recorded/played back tracks automatically 71 Playback Enhancements
BPM and beat timecode automatic detection and beat matching 66 Effects
Support lyrics and album art in metadata tags 62 Imports and Exports
Allow direct MIDI editing/playback and incorporate MIDI sequencer 60 MIDI Done.png Playback. It's in 2.2.0. ToDo.png Sequencer.
Sound Activated Recording pre- and post-roll: 56 Recording Enhancements
Choose which of multiple channels to record 54 Recording Enhancements
Too utilitarian/outdated/generic in appearance/hard to customise 51 Interface Modifications Done.png Themes and Custom Theming available in 2.2.0. More ongoing work on appearance at Dark Audacity.
Bind particular parameters of effects to buttons or keyboard shortcuts 51 Interface Modifications Done.png Achievable via Macros now. ToDo.png could be slicker.
Effects Categorization 49 Effects ToDo.png Work started on blocks-based interface for configuring effects menu.
Import/play video for synchronized soundtrack editing 49 Imports and Exports
Include Audacity's own virtual driver to record stereo mix 46 Recording Enhancements
Global shortcuts that operate Audacity if it does not have focus 46 Interface Modifications
Timestamp metadata 44 Imports and Exports
Panning envelope editing 42 Editing Enhancements
Export to directory from which original .aup or audio file loaded 41 Imports and Exports
Import Appended 39 Imports and Exports
Let the Timeline display time signature and bars/beats 39 Interface Modifications
Record from multiple sound devices at once 39 Recording Enhancements
Repair: vastly increased length of track to be worked on/works when zoomed out 37 Effects
Dynamically adjust loop playback when selection boundaries move 36 Playback Enhancements
Markers on Waveform 36 Interface Modifications Transferred to GitHub as: ENH 2587
Control Audacity from command line 33 Automation Done.png Was part of the Automation Project, for Audacity 2.3.0.
Disable "Save Changes?" on exit - Simple option, even if the file has been edited. 32 Interface Modifications
Timer Record Multi-event scheduler 32 Recording Enhancements
One-step way to avoid clipping on multiple tracks 30 Interface Modifications
Grid lines: Horizontal- and also in spectrogram view 29 Interface Modifications
Selection Toolbar: Microseconds [µs] 26 Imports and Exports
Control Audacity by a foot pedal 25 Automation
Make Scripting (mod-script-pipe) available after enabling it in Preferences 26 Automation
Reinstate 78 RPM EQ curves from Audacity 1.2 25 Effects
More Context Menu (right-click or CTRL-click) functionality 23 Interface Modifications
Preference for monitoring on by default 23 Interface Modifications
Non-destructive (non-linear) editing 22 Editing Enhancements
CD Rip and Burn 22 Unclassified Feature Requests
Sound Activated Recording: segment each recording event: 21 Recording Enhancements
Include "Favorites" folder at the top for frequently used plug-ins 21 Effects (either autogenerated and sorted by number of calls, or user-added)
Normalization Replay Gain (RMS) 20 Effects
Store metadata for each imported file 20 Other Import/Exports
Non-destructive Punch-in recording 20 Recording Enhancements
Configurable mouse bindings 20 Preferences


Most tutorials are now in the Audacity Manual - there are a few residual ones that remain here in the Wiki.
  • Also see our list of Tips to enhance your day-to-day experience of Audacity.

Audacity Manual Tutorials

See our Tutorials in the Manual for step-by-step instructions for performing the most common tasks in Audacity.

Audacity Wiki Tutorials

A few residual ones remain in the Wiki.


Our Tips pages comprise tips on particular aspects of working with Audacity and your hardware. Following these will greatly enhance your day-to-day experience of using Audacity.

Complete alphabetical list of Tips pages (autogenerated)



This category is for pages about troubleshooting problems with Audacity.
An important page is that about troubleshooting recording problems.

Work in Progress

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The Work in Progress pages are used by subscribers to audacity-devel mailing list. All these pages, and this category page itself, should only be modified by subscribers to that list. All pages in this category have a prominent header noting this.



This page is for searching the Wiki by category. Towards the end of the page is an automatically generated alphabetic list of categories in the Wiki.

Adding Categories to Pages

If you want to add a category to a page, look at an existing categorised page to see how it is done. The category is added as a link at the foot of the page. The order matters. Generally we try to have the wider categories first and the narrower categories later. There is a fuller explanation here.